December 19, 2017 at 1:17 pm #1681751AnonymousInactive
So I'm retaking AUD sometime in Jan (haven't decided yet) and I'm unsure what to do next. I hear a lot of people suggest getting FAR out of the way asap. I dug a little bit into FAR but oh my word.. it's boring! Not to mention my motivation was nowhere to be found after taking the first exam. Basically I'd have to restart on FAR.
So is still probably smart to try and tackle FAR next or would BEC or REG be a more feasible option?December 19, 2017 at 1:22 pm #1681766COVER U CPAParticipant
My personal opinion – start off with an easier one first; get your feet wet. I would recommend BEC — less material to memorize / focus on overall. Once you pass one you will know what review process to do and can carry that into your second test.December 19, 2017 at 1:26 pm #1681777DefoParticipant
The advice is to take FAR first because it has the most material, and in theory takes the longest to prepare for. So take it first to avoid cutting into your 18 month passing window if you end up failing it. I think once you've decided to take AUD first there isn't a great reason to take far next.
If I were you i'd take BEC after AUD. Both AUD and BEC have some concepts that crossover into FAR.December 19, 2017 at 1:26 pm #1681778fxbinbinParticipant
I will suggest FAR before all because myself benefit so much after studying FAR – it's so fundamental that everything makes much more sense and seems easier after FAR, I failed REG in May with a 71 and got 91 yesterday, I studied FAR in between my two REGsDecember 19, 2017 at 1:27 pm #1681789BourneParticipant
FAR, AUD, REG, BECDecember 19, 2017 at 1:28 pm #1681798AnonymousInactive
Hmm.. maybe passing BEC and AUD at the same time would boost my motivation, lolDecember 19, 2017 at 1:30 pm #1681802JjParticipant
Far and reg first. Trust me on this.December 19, 2017 at 1:31 pm #1681808ReckedParticipant
I'm with Bourne.
FAR first. it has the lowest pass rate, and the most amount of material.
You don't want to get stuck on FAR and start having credits lapse due to the 18 month window.
That's only 6 testing windows from start to finish.
If you did one exam per window, and passed each on the first try, that would leave you with 3 tries for FAR, which sometimes is not enough.
Good luck.December 19, 2017 at 1:32 pm #1681810AnonymousInactive
Keep in mind I've already taken AUD once and have gone through that material.. so the question is where to go from there.December 19, 2017 at 1:43 pm #1681835
I think it depends on the individual. For me I took BEC, REG, AUD, FAR. I was most comfortable with BEC and REG. I needed that pressure of a clock ticking to pass the harder parts for me which was AUD and FAR. For me I felt I wouldn't push myself hard unless I had a time limit to finish the other two exams. Luckily it worked out.December 19, 2017 at 1:44 pm #1681838lovcatParticipant
Is anyone concerned with taking REG before all the tax law changes? Or maybe taking it after the changes would make more sense for the purpose of practical knowledge…December 19, 2017 at 1:45 pm #1681841AnonymousInactive
@ixlr82day That might work for me honestly.. I just recently graduated and barely studied in my 4 years.. honestly it was kind of a joke, and all for a dumb piece of paper! But I digress.. maybe the pressure would actually get me to study.December 19, 2017 at 1:53 pm #1681862emichelle2321Participant
I would do FAR first. Helps having that foundation for the other sectionsDecember 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm #1681870Na.90ParticipantDecember 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm #1681895
@eMeRGeD Honestly my way isn't for everyone. I half assed studying for years and never really gave it my all. I would pass a part (BEC) which for me was due to taking a ton of IT and Finance/Law courses in undergrad. Then not study much and fail the rest. This time I paid for Becker which costs a ton…but they also have a time limit and I set it up where I took the two parts I was strongest in for the same window (BEC and Reg). One in the very beginning and one at the very end. Passing both of them gave me a push to study hard for the remaining two. I failed FAR and AUD once but luckily was able to pass. If I took FAR first I probably would have given up because as shown by my 49 I don't think I would have gotten threw it if that was first.
My bosses all thought I was an idiot for taking my weakest two parts last and continually questioned my logic…and I started to question it to at the end. I guess a word of caution about doing it this way is that by the end…everyone gets burnt out. Having FAR as the last one may be too much. So I guess if I did it over maybe BEC/REG/FAR/AUD. Good Luck.December 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm #1681912AnonymousInactive
I'm on the FAR, AUD, REG, BEC plan because I knew I would become more and more burnt out as time went on. Now that I'm on BEC if I had to do it all over again (barf) I'd do REG, FAR, AUD, BEC. I hate tax. I blindly followed what everyone says is the hardest to easiest knowing that I have always struggled with tax. So in the end pick which difficulty order you want (hardest to easiest or vice versa) and then determine which ones will be the hardest FOR YOU.December 19, 2017 at 2:12 pm #1681918AnonymousInactive
Thanks for the feedback @ixlr82day I really appreciate it. I think I'm gonna leave FAR for the end, probably go AUD>BEC>REG>FAR. Personally the hardest part is getting started. Once I get into the swing of things, holy.. I'm a monster lol, but getting there is pretty difficult. I think getting the first 3 out of the way and tackling the hardest one with a looming deadline could be what I need.
I'll probably be around here so we'll see how it goes haha.. the 69 on AUD was pretty discouraging today, I was very confident I passed. At least my timer hasn't started yet I guessDecember 19, 2017 at 2:28 pm #1681967
For me BEC and REG are strong areas because I do some IT/FIN and I am in tax. By no means are these areas the easiest sections of the exam. I felt AUD was sort of easy due to my higher than expected scores with the amount of studying I put in. I took a week long trip to Vegas (Bacc. party) with my friends a couple weeks before my AUD exam. I failed but did better than expected.
Another tip I can offer is be very careful with your time. Again my way isn't for everyone but I was careful with MC. I tried to take a minute per question. I would guess on the questions I didn't know and then marked them for review at the end of the testlet. I thought if I didn't know the answer in a minute or two there is no way I will know the answer staring at it for longer. My trending scores and avg scores were horrible in Becker and Ninja. I think in the 50's-60's. I stopped doing MC two weeks before the exam and mostly copied notes, read, and reviewed videos/SIM questions and solutions.
I think I got most of my points on the sims. The answers are there in the AL or if you take the time to really sort out the question. It may take hours but I think most sims people can give a good faith attempt. Also they give partial credit…and I dont think they give that on mc.
Hope this helps!December 19, 2017 at 2:34 pm #1681987
Forgot to add that a lot of people feel FAR before AUD is the way to go. Some sims on AUD are from FAR and the FAR content may help people understand AUD concepts. It may have helped me because I did pass AUD after I studied for FAR. It went AUD-FAIL, FAR-FAIL, AUD-PASS, FAR-PASS.
Good luck!December 19, 2017 at 2:36 pm #1681993AnonymousInactive
As others have said, take the hardest one first. That means whichever you find is harder for you, get it out of the way. I tried doing FAR first but failed and took other exams so I didn't have to take them in the new format. If I would do it again, I'd probably do REG > FAR > AUD > BEC. This is because both REG and FAR have a lot of material, but REG is much more random with all the tax things, whereas FAR knowledge will help with AUD. BEC, being the easiest for me personally, would be almost like a treat after getting the two big ones out of the way.December 19, 2017 at 3:21 pm #1682099AnonymousInactive
I would recommend to get FAR out of the way. I saved this for last and thought since I passed the other three, I would be extra motivated to pass this last exam. Nope, I was super exhausted by then and ended up retaking.December 19, 2017 at 3:32 pm #1682111CSParticipant
I would say FAR then AUD to start with. These are the only two I have taken, but like everyone says, FAR has so much material, you don't want that eating into your 18 month window. Also, I followed advice I found here regarding FAR concepts spilling over into AUDIT. Personally, I'm going for BEC next instead of REG because I'll be into the busy season and hope to sit for it just as the season really starts to pick up, otherwise I would have probably opted for REG.
However, aside of the general consensus that FAR has the most material (and perhaps most spillover into other sections), from what I see I think exam section difficulty is incredibly subjective so you kind of just have to go for it.
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